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Improving Private Wireless Network Performance

January 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Wireless LAN in our house was suffering slow data transfer and frequent dropping out. Although we didn’t use this network for heavy data transfer and only two computer connected simultaneously to the Internet, the slow down performance was really annoying. We have to restart our Wireless router several times to get the normal performance back.

We finally figure out the problem which drag down our network performance. It was because of channel’s interference with another WLAN router nearby. There were 4 routers detected on my PC which using the same default channel 11. After googling for this problem and finding the solution we change our wireless router’s channel through the router’s configuration page. After changing to channel 1 we see that signal strength improves. Our WLAN card was automatically detect this new channel as well.

Now our network performance is back to normal and doesn’t interfere with our neighbor WLAN routers.

There are other tips for improving your network performance:

  1. Position your wireless router (or wireless access point) in a central location.
  2. Move the router off the floor and away from walls and metal objects (such as metal
    file cabinets).
  3. Replace your router’s antenna.
  4. Replace your computer’s wireless network adapter
  5. Update your firmware or your network adapter driver
  6. Upgrade 802.11b devices to 802.11g


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